accountants - Marriott School
ACCOUNTING AT BYU’S MARRIOTT SCHOOL
NOT ALL ACCOUNTANTS ARE SQUARE…
Actually, most are well-rounded people who come from a variety of backgrounds. Whether
surfers, artists, or jugglers, accountants share some characteristics—such as a passion for
quality, accuracy, and integrity.
One great thing about BYU’s accountancy programs is the focus on teamwork, which
helps build communication skills. Our professors are experts in accounting education,
fraud, taxation, and other areas. Many hold influential positions in professional accounting
organizations and on oversight boards and share their experiences and expertise in class.
In other words, prepare to be impressed.
The School of Accountancy is consistently ranked among the top three programs in the
country. Not only does it offer an excellent undergraduate degree, it also offers a master’s degree in accountancy (MAcc), which integrated students can earn in only two extra semesters.
For more information about both programs, check out soa.byu.edu.
“I like that accounting is challenging intellectually. It provides
me with an opportunity to go into a business and see how it
works. That’s what drove me to it—to see how these large,
successful companies work in a challenging environment.”
graduate student from Georgia
Juggles flaming spatulas (don’t try this at home)
Co-hosts a cable talk show
Self-taught oil painter
“Accounting fits my lifestyle. If you
leave the field to raise children, serve a
mission, or travel, it’s easy to jump back
into. It offers a lot of flexibility; not
many other professions can boast that.”
graduate student from California
Holds a brown belt in hapkido and a blue belt in jujutsu
Speaks Chinese and does velociraptor impressions
Led nationally ranked drum line in the
Pasadena Rose Parade
IN THE BEGINNING, THERE ARE PREREQUISITES
Before you apply to the program, you’ll typically spend your first two undergraduate
years completing general education and accounting prerequisite classes.
After you’re in, you’ll participate in the Accounting Jr. Core, a set of classes that build
a foundation for graduate-level work or employment. It’s a tough year, but a rewarding
time as you build friendships and important skills.
If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can still be admitted to the MAcc.
You will join the integrated students after they complete the Jr. Core, finishing the last
two years of the program together.
Stay in the loop: visit soa.byu.edu for prerequisite class and MAcc admission information.
“What I like best about the accounting classes are the great
professors and the opportunity you have to work in groups.
If you’re struggling with something, you can always turn to a
group member or professor for help.”
undergraduate student from Tonga
Tutors ESL students in math and English
Loves reading a good book, especially about church history
Leads a forty-person Tongan dance troupe
“The program has been a great experience.
I enjoy the professors’ ability to stretch
our minds beyond basic principles and
concepts. I am confident in my ability to
contribute in the workforce.”
graduate student from Nevada
Wrestled for BYU and helps coach a
high school team
Hot weather and cheeseburgers make
the Fourth of July his favorite holiday
A HISTORY OF SUCCESS
We offer two of the best programs in the nation for aspiring bean counters. Public
Accounting Report, a top accounting publication, ranked the undergraduate and
graduate programs second in their most recent survey, making it ten consecutive years
we have been among the top three in the country.
Going through our respected and rigorous programs gives students a strong sense of
achievement. If you want to become a successful accountant or business professional,
we recommend applying to the undergraduate accounting program as a sophomore;
during the second semester of your junior year you can apply for the master’s degree
“Not a day passes when I don’t draw on my academic experiences while
conducting business. The curriculum provided a strong analytical
background with an appropriate blend of marketing, organizational
behavior, operations, strategy, and communication skills.”
—Val Gregory, MAcc graduate from Utah
Loves snorkeling—particularly in Hawaii
Starts work at 5:30 a.m. to night ski with his sons
Rides off-road motorcycles
CEO, Icon Security, fifth largest residential security company
in the nation
AFTER THE POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE
“There is a variety in the work I do, in a variety of locations,
and with a variety of people. The assignments and experiences
constantly change. I look at it as being paid to learn new
things every day.”
—Dennis Malloy, MAcc graduate from California
Has private pilot’s license
Spends half of his day speaking Japanese with clients in Tokyo
Bungee jumped 140 feet in New Zealand
Partner at KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm
Accountancy graduates leave BYU not only with an exceptional education but
also a job to go with their diploma. In 2005, 96 percent of MAcc graduates and
92 percent of accountancy undergraduates had a job by graduation. Recruiters
around the country recently ranked the Marriott School as the number one place
to find the best graduates, most innovative curriculum, and effective career
services. All of the Big Four accounting firms recruit heavily at the Marriott
School (and it’s not just because we have great mint brownies).
Our graduates have gone on to become CEOs, controllers, and partners in
leading firms. Others have used their skills as a basis to start their own company.
The bottom line is that a good understanding of accounting can serve as the
foundation for many business careers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602